Rib boat Excursion 1: Island VIS
Vis is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea. It covers an area of 90.3 km². It is the furthest from the inhabited Dalmatian Islands. An 18 km wide strait separates Vis from the eastern neighboring island of Hvar. Vis belongs to the province of Split-Dalmatia.
Height: 587 m
Surface area: 89.72 km²
Population: 3,617 (2001)
Peak: Mount Hum
The Blue Cave of Biševo (Croatian: Modra špilja) is a cave on the west coast of the Croatian island of Biševo. The cave can be entered through a small opening by the sea, allowing rowing boats up to 5 meters long and 1 meter high to enter the cave.
There are several caves on Biševo, of which the Modra špilja is the most famous and at the same time the most interesting. The cave is most beautiful at the end of the morning and around noon. On sunny days and with calm sea water, the sunlight then reflects in the water in the cave through an opening below the water surface, giving the water a remarkably blue color. Pink to violet colors can also be seen in the clear water.
The lighting effects can be compared to similar caves on Capri (Grotta Azzurra), Sicily (also called Grotta Azzurra), and Malta (Blue Grotto).
The cave has been open to the public since 1884 after an Austrian painter enlarged the entrance with dynamite. Since then, the Blue Cave has become very popular among tourists.